Spring into Home Organising!
We all aspire to have a calm, clean and organised home… a home that allows us to flow through everyday life with positivity and ease. There's no better time to tackle some home organisation as the start of SPRING!
Experts say that an organised home increases your productivity, enables you to be healthier and feel more positive about your space/home and it can save you time and money. As we have been spending much more time at home over the past year, we know many of you want to use the time to get your home in the best shape possible.
So, whether you’ve been putting it off for a little while (or a few years), we know there is nothing more satisfying than decluttering a room, space or your entire home. Below we share some top organisation and decluttering tips so you can make a positive impact on your home.
How To Start Organising
There are a few ways you could approach your home organisation project – room by room, or you could go after quick wins like the space in the most need or the most used space… we don’t think it’s important where you start, just that you make a start and complete each space so you can enjoy the fruits of your efforts.
The key is to make a list of what you want to achieve for each space – less clutter, more space or better organised etc. Also, be sure to keep the list handy and add to it as you go… but make sure you complete what you start! So, you can feel that sense of achievement along the way. Note: we have found that once you start you will find inspiration for other areas you’d previously not noticed before.
10 Quick Ways to Organise & Declutter Your Home
1. Get Sorted: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
First things first – get sorting! No matter if you are focussing on a specific space or an entire room you should go through and systematically sort everything into three groups: keep, reuse & remove. It’s crucial to be brutal and cull the clutter so you can make the biggest impact! Just think how free you will feel and let’s face it if you haven’t used it or worn it in 3 years you are unlikely to do so within the next 12-18months. So free it and yourself now and make your organising project that much easier!!!
2. Rails, Rods & Racks
Making underutilised spaces more effective is an easy way to organise and stay that way. Using rails, rods and racks are ideal for many spaces within your home to hang and increase storage and organise many different spaces throughout your home.
• Rails in the Kitchen for pots and pans and hanging utensils
• Rails in the Laundry to hang clothes
• Over the door hangers in Bedrooms for backpacks, dressing gowns; towels
• Tiered racks in wardrobes
• Rails and hooks in cupboards to organise cleaning products
• Use racks in bathroom and office/study for tiered storage or in kids rooms for small toys
3. Organise Inside
Though it's easy to think "out of sight, out of mind," a messy desk, kitchen or bathroom drawer does not help your productivity. Get your drawers organised using dividers, toilet rolls and small boxes From kitchen to study to the bathroom, children’s activity and in the bedroom we love how drawer organisers, trays, bowls and even takeaway containers can help you declutter, organise frequently used drawers easily!
4. Magic Magnets!
Magnets are a great way to declutter numerous different spaces. There is one magnetic tool we adore above the rest – the trusty chef's knife bar – for keys at the front door or organising toy cars in the children’s activity or bedroom is a fun way to keep their favourite cars off the floor making packing away a little more fun! Try using magnets on your fridge for easy access to your spices or add magnets to your favourite makeup palettes and stick them up on a magnetic board in your bathroom so they are always within reach and reduces them being dropped on the grounds.
5. Cord Clean Up
Living in an electronic world means that we have an abundance of power cords in our life. Keep your cords under control by using ties or elastic bands to reduce the length of cord and hooks or cord keepers on the backs of furniture to keep them in place. As we continue to add appliances and technology to our lives, this is an easy way to create organisation in many different areas of our homes.
6. Get Hooked & Shelved
A few hooks to your walls and doors, shower, wardrobe, kitchen cupboards or pantry doors can make a huge difference to your options to be and stay organised in highly used spaces in your home. Likewise, adding a couple of shelves to corners, over doors or under cabinets is an easy way to transform and add extra storage in a walk-in Robe, Study Nook, Kitchen Laundry or Garage.
7. Use Your Doors
Installing wire racks or magazine racks or even plastic storage boxes to cupboard doors is a great way to organise tricky lids, chopping boards and kitchen or bathroom tools.
8. Store & Index Your Boxes
If you are not ready to get rid of things or are wanting to separate a seasonal wardrobe or linens you will love using storage boxes or vacuum bags but remembering what's inside each box or bag can be challenging, and reading a label can be tricky is you are storing things up high in your garage or attic.
Solve this issue by labelling the bins and bags with large numbers and keeping a detailed list of what’s in each in a binder or notebook. It's simple to change the list, and it's a lot easier to find what you need by checking the details in a folder than by rummaging through each bin.
9. Create & Embrace a "Drop Zone"
It seems counterintuitive to your battle against clutter to create a place where you leave piles of stuff. Designating a spot for everyday items and using some of the above organising strategies to keep this area under control, is a great way to prevent your entire home from filling with unnecessary clutter and saves you time and energy looking for keys, mobiles or sunnies!
10. Stop the Piles!
Since it's often too easy to just throw things anywhere, we recommend making it harder to dump and cause a pile-up! Place a plant, a figurine, candle or a framed photo on your coffee tables or bedside tables to deter you / your loved ones from piling papers or things on top of other things!
If all this organising leaves you feeling like you still want to explore what a new home could do for your lifestyle, we encourage you to visit one of our display homes to discover your desires for a new home or call us on 1300 595 050.